Soda Popper

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I'm not even winded!
The Scout after generating hype

The Soda Popper is a community-created primary weapon for the Scout. It is a broken Force-A-Nature repaired with several black bands and outfitted with slitted barrels. A can of Crit-a-Cola is fitted underneath.

The weapon reloads 25% faster than the stock Scattergun and offers 50% faster firing speed. However, the capacity is reduced to only two shells at a time. Like the Force-A-Nature, the reload will replace both shells even when one shell is still available in the ammunition reserve, and the second shot is wasted.

In addition, equipping the Soda Popper places a "hype" meter on the HUD, which fills whilst the player is moving with the weapon active. It takes approximately 5200 Hammer units of distance traveled, either through running or jumping, to fill up the hype meter (The Scout has a base movement speed of approximately 400 Hammer Units a second, so filling up the meter will take about 13 seconds of constant movement).

When the meter is full, pressing Alt-Fire (default key: MOUSE2) activates Hype mode for 10 seconds, giving the Scout the ability to jump up to five times in mid-air (for a total of six jumps) and also adding a bright purple glow to the Scout's active weapon. When Hype mode is initiated, the player will hear the same noise as being hit with the Disciplinary Action. The Atomizer has no effect during Hype mode; it will not grant an additional jump or damage the user.

Damage and function times

See also: Damage
Damage and function times
Shot type Hitscan
Damage type Bullet
Ranged or Melee damage? Ranged
Maximum ramp-up 175% 10.5 / pellet
Base damage 100% 6 / pellet
Maximum fall-off 50% 3 / pellet
Pellet count 10
Point blank 105
Medium range 24-67
Long range 3-26
Pellet Spread 30:1
Critical 18 / pellet
Mini-crit 8.1-14.2 / pellet
Function times
Attack interval 0.315 s
Reload 1.23 s
Values are approximate and determined by community testing.

Item set

The #1 Fan
Item icon Timbuk-Tuesday Bundle.png
Soda Popper
Soda Popper

No effect



See also: Crafting


Reclaimed Metal Bonk! Atomic Punch Force-A-Nature Soda Popper
Item icon Reclaimed Metal.png + Item icon Bonk! Atomic Punch.png + Item icon Force-A-Nature.png = Item icon Soda Popper.png
Class Token - Scout Slot Token - Primary Scrap Metal Possible Results
Item icon Class Token - Scout.png + Item icon Slot Token - Primary.png + Item icon Scrap Metal.png =
Item icon Shortstop.png Item icon Force-A-Nature.png Item icon Soda Popper.png Item icon Baby Face's Blaster.png
Item icon Back Scatter.png

As a crafting ingredient

Refined Metal #1 Fan weapon Bonk Boy
Item icon Refined Metal.pngx4 + Item icon Soda Popper.pngItem icon Winger.pngItem icon Atomizer.png = Item icon Bonk Boy.png
Reclaimed Metal Soda Popper Backburner Phlogistinator
Item icon Reclaimed Metal.png + Item icon Soda Popper.png + Item icon Backburner.png = Item icon Phlogistinator.png

Strange variant

Update history

June 23, 2011 Patch (Über Update)
  • The Soda Popper was added to the game. Hype activates automatically when filled and grants 8 seconds of mini-crits to all weapons; the weapon also cannot gain random critical hits.

June 27, 2011 Patch

  • Fixed a problem that prevented the Soda Popper from being used in crafting recipes.

June 28, 2011 Patch

  • Added/Refined recoil/draw/crit/reload forces for the Soda Popper.

July 26, 2011 Patch

  • Corrected the damage ramp for the Soda Popper.

December 1, 2011 Patch

  • [Undocumented] Added Strange quality.

January 11, 2012 Patch

  • [Undocumented] The Soda Popper was added to the crafting blueprint for the Phlogistinator.

February 9, 2012 Patch

  • Improved model and texture.[1]

September 4, 2012 Patch

  • Updated attribute text to be more clear, changing clip size penalty from -60% to -66%.
    • Weapon functionality is unchanged.

November 12, 2013 Patch

December 20, 2013 Patch

  • Changed attributes:
    • Hype no longer grants mini-crits.
    • Added Hypemode which grants up to 5 extra air jumps when active.
    • Hypemode is triggered by Alt-Attack when hype is full.

February 7, 2014 Patch

  • [Undocumented] Removed the "no random critical hits" attribute from the Soda Popper.

July 2, 2015 Patch #1 (Gun Mettle Update)

  • Updated description to better detail the weapon's features.


  • The Hype meter can be charged and activated during end of round humiliation time.
  • On 4:3 resolutions, the Hype meter will overlap the objective HUD.
  • Equipping the Soda Popper along with the Atomizer will cause the multi-jump sound effect to play on triple jump, even though the Hype Mode is not activated.
  • When viewed in the class selection screen, a shell can be seen behind the Crit-a-Cola portion of the Soda Popper.


  • The shells have the radiation hazard symbol (☢) on them. [2]
  • Although a can of Crit-a-Cola is strapped to the barrel, a Bonk! Atomic Punch is required instead in the crafting recipe. While coincidental, early versions of the Soda Popper had a can of Bonk! Atomic Punch strapped to the barrel.



  1. Steam Workshop page

See also